Julius Caesar in Iambic You’ll learn to love this…
Iambic Pentameter – WHAT IS IT? What is Iambic Pentameter? Iamb - A foot (pair of syllables) containing an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Penta: means five Iambic Pentameter is a single line of five feet written in iambic iambic pentameter A line of poetry that contains five pairs of iambs (10 syllables total).
Blank VerseUnrhymed lines of poetry written in iambic pentameterThis is what most of Julius Caesar is written in
Iambic Pentameter Examples U / U / U / U / U /“You blocks, you stones, you worse than sense less things!” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ~Marullus in Act 1.1.34-37
Iambic Pentameter Examples“Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?”“Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears"
Why Iambic Pentameter? Iambic Pentameter is the meter that most closely resembles normal human speech patterns. But why use meter at all? You can do things with meter: The commoners speak in prose Those in high society speak in iambic Act 1.1 is an example of this
Give it a try I would not, Cassius, yet I love him well.But wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me? If it be aught toward the general good, ...
Monologue LONG speech made by ONE person to another character (“Friends, Romans, Countrymen…”)
Soliloquy LONG speech made by ONE person to NO ONE else The audience/reader is only supposed to hear Speaker’s mental thoughts
Aside SHORT speech/phrase by ONE person to NO ONE else The audience/reader is only supposed to hear Something that might be said under one’s breath
Character Rank Those characters who are more important in the play Those who have large speaking roles Those who have vital information to give
What is Being Emphasized in this Passage? sound it out…“Cowards die many times before their deaths;The valiant never taste of death but once.Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,It seems to me most strange that men should fear,Seeing that death, a necessary end,Will come when it will come.”
Pretty Cool, huh See, how can you not love iambic pentameter? Doesn’t it just make you want to speak in iambic for the rest of your days?